2010-12-30 / Local & State

$200K In Illegal Cigarettes Seized

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – Two New York men are in custody after police in central Pennsylvania say they were busted with about $200,000 worth of illegal cigarettes during a traffic stop.

State police say 28-yearold Michael Costello, of Jackson Heights, N.Y., and 60- year-old Hongan Lai, of Elmhurst, N.Y., are in custody after being pulled over Tuesday afternoon on Interstate 81 near Harrisburg.

Authorities say they were driving a moving van carrying 65 cases of unstamped, untaxed cigarettes.

Costello is being held on $25,000 bail in Dauphin County Prison and Lai’s bail was set at $100,000. It was not clear if either man had an attorney.

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